Tahitian

mw-art-031914-heiva-tahiti      Homemade drums blaring in the background while hips move uncontrollably to hit each and every beat, large headdresses made of shells, feathers, pearls, woven grass, and large groups of dancers performing routine in unison. Hearing and watching such a dance form before our eyes may remind us of a tribal dance as the loud chanting in foreign tongue is yelled from the performers in between the hard beating of the native cow skin drums. This dance, often paired with Hula is called Tahitian, and it originates from the island of Tahiti. Similar to the Hawaiian Hula, Tahitian dancing often tells a story. Typically performed with large amounts of dancers, the performances are filled with fast movements and with intense drumming and chanting. For female dancers, the dance is used with mainly the hips and legs, however, unlike the often paired Hula dancing, Tahitian movements are more powerful and intense. For male performers, the dance is powered through the legs and chest–typically showing signs of strength, agility, and power. Because this type of dance form is typically performed with large quantities of dancers, formation and coordination is very important.

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